You know those iPad things, the big screens that many said are like a stretched out version of your iPhone?
Turns out we’ve bought over 170 million of them cumulatively.
Now, let’s not get too excited about that up-and-to-the-right graph. We’re not surprised sales have gone up over time, we’ve seen them continue to creep despite some recent lulls in buying.
Apple announced the first iPad in 2010 and has steadily increased sales as people began to see the real consumer benefits tablets provide. Previously tablets were clunky and business-oriented. In 2012 alone, the company sold over 58 million iPads, encountering a bit of a cooling-off period as more households obtained the medium-sized screens.
Last quarter, the cooling-off continued as Apple sold 14.6 million iPads, according to its third quarter earnings report. In the third quarter of 2012 Apple had sold 17 million.